Recently opened exhibit features memorabilia from region's golf past

The Havemeyer Trophy, earned last summer by Doc Redman of Raleigh for winning the U.S. Amateur, is a featured piece in the Xan Law Jr. Hall of History, which opened last weekend at Carolinas Golf House in Southern Pines.

More than three years in the making, the Hall of History features trophies, photographs, golf clubs and other scorecards drawn from the deep, rich golf history in the Carolinas.

“Golf, like life, is a puzzle to be worked on but never solved,” Law Jr. said during a fundraising dinner at Quail Hollow Club in April 2016. He passed away just a few months later.

Scott Harvey of Greensboro, the seven-time Carolinas Player of the Year, is among the champions from the region who donated equipment to the exhibit.

Accomplishments from past champions such as Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson and Billy Joe Patton are among the items featured in the Hall, which is open to the public during normal business hours and located at 140 Ridge Road in Southern Pines, across the street from Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.

For more information, visit CarolinasGolf.org

Dear Mr. Fantasy

Satchel Paige not only pitched a mean baseball, he also made sharp observations. One of our favorites at Dear Mr. Fantasy headquarters, is “Don’t look back something might be gaining on you.” And that’s our advice for the Greensky Shortgrass squad, which was solid but not spectacular last week atop the cliffs of Pebble Beach.

Dustin Johnson and Jason Day delivered what we’ve come to expect from superstars and Pat Perez and Scott Piercy played fine, but we slipped to sixth (out of 669) in the Caddyshacks group after six tournaments in this 13-tournament segment of PGA Tour Fantasy Golf.

Onward and upward, as another wise friend and mentor, the late Bill McIlwain, used to remind us as we scribbled away in a blaze of scrambled syntax.

The PGA Tour wraps the West Coast swing this week at venerable Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. We’ve fired hard and fast, like ol’ Satch, using the game’s stars, but because we can only use each player three times per segment, we’ll have to be creative like a Hollywood screenwriter to maintain our lofty perch in the standings.

Then again, we’re not overlooking the obvious, either. Dustin Johnson heads our lineup this week, in his third selection of the segment. We’ve also added the fearless Tommy Fleetwood, making a rare PGA Tour appearance as he points toward Augusta, and a couple of young guns in Patrick Cantlay and Ollie Schneiderjans. On the bench we have former Genesis Open champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, who proved last week he may be returning to form. Sure, he’s 47 years old and is certain to spray the odd tee shot halfway to Santa Barbara, but his Callaways could not care less that Champions Tour eligibility is drawing nigh for everyone’s favorite lefthander.

After all, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”